Training & Capacity Building

The Champlain region is currently facing a trans health crisis. The two primary trans health providers in the region, Centretown Community Health Centre’s Trans Health Program and CHEO’s Gender Diversity Clinic, are facing ever growing demand that outpaces capacity. Trans and gender diverse patients are facing waitimes of up to 22 months to access potentially life saving hormone starts and surgery referrals. A crucial step to improving trans health in the Champlain region is the active involvement of primary health care providers in gender-affirming care.

Many aspects of gender-affirming healthcare rest within the purview of primary care providers, including general physicians and nurse practitioners. 

Numerous local and provincial organizations and community-based educators provide training on trans, two spirit, intersex, non-binary and gender diverse health and inclusion.

Rainbow Health Ontario is the provincially-recognized lead on trans health in Ontario. If you are a service provider looking for formal training on trans health in Ontario, visit their learning platform here to see their upcoming training opportunities. A number of their programs have been accredited by the College of Family Physicians and the Ontario Chapter for Mainpro-M1 credits.

Family Services Ottawa’s Around the Rainbow Program also provides education for community organizations, the public and service providers on 2SLGBTQ+, trans and gender diverse inclusion. These services are free for non-profit groups and NGO’s operating in Ottawa. You can learn more here.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Nursing offers a 3 hour, self-directed training toolkit for nursing educators, students, and professionals. Visit their toolkit here to download or complete online.

Kind Space and SAEFTY (Support and Education for Trans Youth) can also offer workshops on a case-by-case basis by request if they have the capacity.

Additional Info

For additional training and education opportunities, sign up for the Trans Health Service Provider Network to stay in-the-loop about local opportunities, visit Rainbow Health Ontario’s e-learning platform or inquire for training opportunities with your respective provider association or regulatory body. 

Our resource library has additional information on inclusionary care, transition-related healthcare or other relevant topics.

To download a pdf guide to the additional support and guidance available to primary care providers looking to build their knowledge, confidence, and competence in transition-related healthcare, most notably in regards to hormone replacement therapy, click here.